Image retrieval: Current techniques, promising directions, and open issues

Yong Rui, Thomas S. Huang, Shih Fu Chang

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This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the technical achievements in the research area of image retrieval, especially content-based image retrieval, an area that has been so active and prosperous in the past few years. The survey includes 100+ papers covering the research aspects of image feature representation and extraction, multidimensional indexing, and system design, three of the fundamental bases of content-based image retrieval. Furthermore, based on the state-of-the-art technology available now and the demand from real-world applications, open research issues are identified and future promising research directions are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-62
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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